I enjoy the phrasing in the KJV of Ephesians 5:16, “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Newer translations seem to add all this subtle judgement and finger wagging, as if to say make haste, scurry about, don’t waste your opportunity before the evil days get you!
No, no, no! “Redeeming” is like having a free ticket to a carnival. It is like winning the golden ticket in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We redeem points, we redeem a coupon. We redeem the time because it is a gift we’ve been given and granted dominion over. When Christ “redeemed us,” He was claiming what was His, and cashing in.
“…Because the days are evil,” redeem the gift you’ve been given! So break out the good silver, wear your best dress, and stop saving everything for a rainy day. It’s raining now. Don’t focus on all the evil, redeem what you have been granted, time yes, but time spent in His presence, His peace, His joy.
A few sentences down we get to the heart of the matter, “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your hearts to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
It’s kind of the precise opposite of the modern world with all it’s haste, anxiety, and worry. Redeem the time not because time is short and you are running out, but because I have given you dominion over how you shall live and it is not dependent on what is going on around you. Sing and make music in your hearts…
Hubby and I have been doing a lot of hiking lately because it’s finally stopped raining. I love pathways, especially paths that look like they might lead into a fairy wood. I also really enjoy nature’s oddities. This tree looked like it was saying, “pull up a seat!”
There have been baby deer (so cute!) and river otters and tons of eagles. So that’s what I’ve been doing, covering my eyes when I go past a gas station, trying not to fret about contemporary world problems, and redeeming the time.